Legally Blonde: Couldn’t get (So) Much Better

Omigod, you guys. Legally Blonde, the blockbuster musical adaptation of the 2001 film, has been a steady choice for uni and college productions across the last few years. Most recent addition to the party is the University of Melbourne Music Theatre Association (UMMTA), with a strong rendition of the classic that proves the adage; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Performing in Union House’s … Continue reading Legally Blonde: Couldn’t get (So) Much Better

Inkling: A Dark, Uneasy and Innovative Debut

Inkling, directed by Ann-Marie Biagioni and Bronya Doyle, is Floor Work’s debut production, and what an exciting debut indeed! The piece is free of dialogue, relying predominantly on the cast’s physical work and the use of live music as story-telling devices. Inspired by Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight, the work delves into the concept of gaslighting via a cast of characters. Each character is defined by a … Continue reading Inkling: A Dark, Uneasy and Innovative Debut

Heathers: Bullets, Bombs and Beautiful Harmonies

Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1988 film of the same name, is not your typical high school musical. It is set at an educational institution, the fictional Westerburg High, and it does feature all your usual stereotypes; jocks, nerds, the popular girls and try-hard teachers. Murder, suicide, bombs and bullets however? Let’s just say it’s not exactly Grease or Hairspray… Under the direction of … Continue reading Heathers: Bullets, Bombs and Beautiful Harmonies

Our Father: An interview with the writer

On September 26 – 28 Our Father, the award winning family drama will be presented in collaboration with Union House Theatre as part of the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival.  In light of the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse, Our Father dives into the psychology of a family turned upside down. From emerging writer Lucy Holz and director Meg Taranto, this show rejects the … Continue reading Our Father: An interview with the writer

Helmut’s Helmet: Humour in the Himalayas

Helmut’s Helmet, written by Finbar Todd, directed by Sophie Newnhan and presented by Trinity College, is a brand new and extremely funny Australian play. Set largely in the shadows of the Himalayas, the show revolves around Robbie (Niamh Todd) as she and her best friend Sue (Annie McGinley) jet off to Nepal to join a charity, aiming to do some good. Almost immediately their motives … Continue reading Helmut’s Helmet: Humour in the Himalayas

Be More Chill: A Musical That I’d Kinda Be Into

Be More Chill opened on Broadway in March this year, closing in August after just 177 performances. Fresh off Broadway, St Hilda’s College, under the direction of Bebe Berryman and Ryan McAllery, have brought the show to the Union House Theatre for Melbourne audiences to enjoy. Evoking a modernised Little Shop of Horrors, Be More Chill tells the tale of Jeremy Heere, a quintessentially unpopular … Continue reading Be More Chill: A Musical That I’d Kinda Be Into

Grease: It’s Got the Grease, but Lacks the Lightning

Under the direction of Emily Bolton, University College Theatre Company take us back to 1959 at Rydell High with their production of Grease. Grease is a challenging text to deal with; its 50s-tinged song and dance numbers require a great deal of energy, and its iconic characters must be played with utmost commitment. Furthermore, any slipups will be noticed, as the original production and film … Continue reading Grease: It’s Got the Grease, but Lacks the Lightning